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they are from self-defense forces looking to russia for protection, but not members of the russian military. those are the outlines of the developments so far today. let's just listen to a little of what sergei lavrov had to say in mid drid. >> translator: i would to understand what you understand by pro russian forces. these are the forces of self-defense created by the residents of crimea. we did not order them. they didn't get any orders from us. as to the military personnel of the black sea fleet, they are in places of their dislocation, yes. some additional measures of extra vigilance were taken to provide the security of the troops of the police fleet. as our president said we will do everything not to let any bloodshed, not to any attempt at life and security of those who live in the ukraine including, of course, the citizens of the russian federation. >> reporter: sergei lavrov speaking in madrid. let's go to tom barge who sdwroins us now from madrid. was anything discussed about this outline plan about international monitors, tom? >> reporter: it's interesting, a small protest grou
's been a meeting of defense ministers. obviously ukraine right on the borders of nato, on the borders of poland is a core challenge and worry for nato security. >> that concludes the public parts of our meeting. and i thank the media for their attendance. >> that's all we're going to see. we unfortunately arrived a bit late. normally these sessions happen behind closed doors. that was a very public piece of the meeting of defense ministers in brussels. we were talking about what's happening in bangkok. she's been indicted for alleged criminality in a rice scheme. >> reporter: this is the first time we have seen the prime minister's own supporters, and she has huge numbers of them outside bangkok, to carry out the same tactic being used by the anti-government movement. that movement has block aided ministries in central bangkok. they are using the same tactic against the building behind me, the anti-corruption commission. they sealed off the gate. they're taking a break. they are waiting for three cement trucks. they are going to solidly cement the gate. they argue, as does the prime m
. now we have heard the defense accusing the police of contaminating the crime scene so far this morning. and we have heard one prosecution witness already in the first couple of hours of this trial. the prosecution have called witness number 80. michel berger heard blood occurred elling screams she said in the early hours of valentine's day 2013. she was questioned just before the court broke for lunch. this report on the day's events so far. >> reporter: oscar pistorius is escorted into the high court in the heart of pretoria for one of the most high-profile trials to ever take place in this country. hundreds turned out in the drizzle to see the arrival of the double amputee who rose to become a sporting hero and celebrity. there's an encampment of television crews from south africa and around the world. even a television drone made an appearance. relatives of both oscar pistorius and his girlfriend reeva steenkamp present. at the start of the trial, he was asked to plead to the central charge of murder as well as firearms charges related to separate occasions. >> did you understand th
they are relenting. the troop buildup continues. the ukrainian coastal defense division is still pinned in. on the east coast of crimea, another military base is now encircled. and now border guards report seeing a massive buildup of military hardware on the russian side of the border. crimea is lost. kiev knows it. but how far did president putin's ambitions stretched. with one mighty turn to eastern ukraine. and is there anything to stop him? christian frazier, bbc news, sevastopol. >> big questions certainly. now to kiev. david stern is there for us. david, the prime minister of ukraine and the british foreign secretary have been speaking. what is their take at the moment? >> reporter: well, yes. as the crisis continues in crimea, the tension and worry and anger, among the ukrainian officials, is rising here. as you say. mr. william hague and the prime minister have been meeting. they have held a news conference. mr. hague said there will be consequences and costs to the russian actions. he promised a strong diplomatic and economic reaction, a response. but he said there was no military
says troops in crimea are not under direct moscow control. >> if these are the forces of self-defense that were created by the residents of crimea. we did not order them. they didn't get any orders from us. >> reporter: i'm tim willcox live in kiev on independence square. at the heart of this crisis in ukraine. >>> also in the program, a third of all women in europe have been physically or sexually abused. the most e tensive survey of its kind also reveals one in 20 women say they've been raped. >>> the smog that's choking china, the country's prime minister blames it on inefficient and blind development. >>> also in the program, aaron is here looking at more of those challenges facing beijing. >> it's all about steering the world's second largest economy in the right direction. leaders are talking a leaner, cleaner growth tackling everything from smoke to corruption. beijing is also throwing more money at its military making the chinese defense budget now the second biggest in the world. >>> good to have you with us here on gmt. midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in london, 1:00 p.m. in par
of the damage they will incur themselves and that the self-defense forces in crimea, he's also been saying in the last couple of minutes, that russia too no part in training them. he said we are not considering annexing crimea. the latest line from this conference saying we are not considering annexing crimea. he has said that he believes that what happened in ukraine was unlawful, unconstitutional and a coup and not legitimate and that the only legitimate leader is the ousted president viktor yanukovych. he said he is hoping to avoid any force in eastern ukraine. president putin has gone on to say russia will not provoke separatists moves in crimea. but he says russia does reserve the right to protect any russians who are under threat within ukraine. so not entirely clear how this is actually going to manifest on the ground. as you can see, a number of journalists with president putin in moscow. i'm afraid we have no translation, so we can't bring you this directly. but there are a number of lines coming out. i'll give you more that we are getting from moscow. local forces of self-defense
and civilian parts and also it belongs to the ukrainian defense ministry. the bbc's christian frazier has tried to get into the sevatopol international airport. >> reporter: you might be able to see behind me the control tower and what looks like a military base. you can see there are barriers stopping anyone from entering. a couple hundred yards on, a very professional looking unit. they are carrying high-powered assault rifles, kevlar hell mats. they have not been down the road to meet us or talk to us, so we don't know who they are. quite clearly we're not allowed to go beyond this point. let me show you what is in front of the barriers. this is really what you would call a civilian guard. we spoke to this man here. he is a ukrainian who speaks russian. the flags flying on the road signs are russian sympathizers. they don't want to talk to us at all. they don't like the presence of the western media here. what we are seeing is a patent on our journey. we came through a roadblock last night. quite a significant roadblock. they were stopping all cars coming to sevastopol. the parliament is sti
the ukrainian government building. this is being guarded by self-defense groups. you can see them scattered around the main courtyard area. parliament isn't sitting today. they're putting together the new interim government. if you look around here, you can see the various groups, they've got their food. camped out 24 hours a day. let's go across and speak to some of them. all of them are men. hello, you're on bbc, what's your name? >> oresta. >> reporter: you're the only woman in this group? >> yes. >> reporter: how long have you been camped out here and describe what has happened in the last few days. >> from the first day after the blessing of people and here i will be until the finish, until when they were do the old administration. >> reporter: you lost friends and colleagues in your group from the fighting. >> i lost two friends, but not this group. but there we had many different people, even the old people, old women and some students. they blessed all people. >> reporter: thank you very much. if you look around the square, you can see just on the military truck some more tents have
's defense ministry meeting. he said he is concerned about developments in crimea. he is urging russia not to take any action, to escalate tension or create misunderstanding. we can join now as he addresses the press. >> the timing of this exercise and the yon going events in ukraine as regards the wording in our decoration on full respect for sovereignty, independence, integrity, this is actually not new language from our sides. this is language you will find in the founding documents that established the nato/ukraine commission. so we just used this opportunity to repeat what we said many years ago in our founding documents. >> japanese media. >> yesterday you mentioned ukraine. you said most important security issues in europe. understanding that, i would like to have a very simple question. how much is the nato concerned about the possible russian intervention in that area? >> we have no information indicating that russia hosni plans to interview militarily. in my statement today, i have been very balanced and urged all parties on all sides to not take steps that can escalate the s
commonly describe as a civil defense force. a rag tag bunch of russian sympathizers. why are we hear? around the corner in this bay there is a russian. you will see on the pictures just loitering at the entrance to the bay. is that significant? well, not in itself of course because the black sea is here in sevas sevastapol. in the context of everything that's going on, david, this maneuvering backwards and forward in the bay is of interest. and certainly people who live locally, they have been going up to take a look to see what's going on. it say tense atmosphere but calm at the moment. a certain amount of amusement. >> it seems like we are just having a spot of trouble with your line, christian. we may be able to come back to you in a moment. in the meantime, let's get the latest from moscow and kiev. let's start in moscow as bridge el kendall is there. bridgett, i wonder first of all, what sort of response there is to the ukrainian interior minister saying this is an invasion and it is the russians carrying it out. >> well, there's been no direct response to that. they haven't com
gunshots. but she was reduced to tears as the defense counsel launched a rigorous examination of what she did hear. oscar pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend. we have this report from pretoria. >> reporter: it's day two of the oscar pistorius trial in a wet and gray pretoria. oscar pistorius left his uncle's house to hear witness michel burger. ms. burger, who wanted to remain anonymous said she heard screams and shots on valentine's day last year. >> do you know what it sounds like? >> i know what a gunshot sounds like 177 meters away. >> that's what you believe. do you know what it sounds like when you hit a bat hard against a door? >> no, my lady, i never hit a bat against a door. >> there is huge media interest in this story. not just in newspapers but also on television because of that historical judgment that cameras can be allowed for the first time during a trial. people are following this live on radio and television. >> everyone has an opinion about the trial. for some members of the public, racial stereotypes die hard. >> half an hour before the lunchtime adjournment, the
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